|American Civil Liberties Union 2008 Senate Scorecard description
On February 5, 2009, the Senate defeated a … On February 5, 2009, the Senate defeated an amendment offered by Senator DeMint (R-SC) that would have removed religious liberty protections from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1) by a vote of 54-43. The ACLU opposed the DeMint Amendment because it was at stark odds with the Constitution's Establishment Clause, as well as Supreme Court precedent. It would have removed a provision from the economic stimulus bill that reinforces constitutional protections by prohibiting the government from providing "green-building" federal funds for the construction or repair of buildings used for worship or other religious purposes. d for worship or other religious purposes.